Funds for Faculty Research and Collaborations

In order to remain at the top of its game as a Research 1 university, UNC faculty stay current in their research, scholarship and artistry. They then bring that knowledge to teaching Carolina students. The Institute is proud to be able to offer funding opportunities to faculty. This academic year you can apply for the following grants.

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Grants will be accessible for application when they are in play.

The IAH Honors Carolina Collaboration Grant—with the generous support of the William C. Friday Leadership Fund—are proud to offer an exciting opportunity for Honors Carolina students to assist fellows in their current research projects. The student will contribute 8–10 hours per week during one semester to support the project.

Eligibility: This opportunity is for Honors Carolina students and for IAH Faculty Fellows or Academic Leadership Program Fellows. Student and fellow need to submit a joint application. Preference will be given to faculty/student pairings that have not previously worked together on funded research projects. Interdisciplinary projects are highly encouraged.

Amount: Students receive a $2,000 stipend.

Deadlines:  November 15, 2017, for Spring 2018

Announcements: Grants for fall 2017 announced in June of 2017. Grants for spring 2018 announced in November of 2017.

UNC faculty and graduate students from participating units may apply to the King’s College Fund for support for projects and collaborative events that advance the relationship between UNC and KCL. This program is supported by the Dean’s Office, the Institute for the Arts and Humanities, and participating departments and programs in the College of Arts and Sciences. All proposals should be approved by the Chair of the faculty/graduate students’ department or curriculum.

Funds may be requested to cover travel by UNC faculty and graduate students, costs of housing and hospitality for local events, and other expenses if appropriate. Support for each funded proposal will typically range between $2,000 and $8,000. Please be aware that in many cases, not all program costs will be fully covered by the KCL Fund. Thus we encourage applicants to seek additional sources of support. Also note that while the KCL Fund can be used to pay for travel for UNC faculty and students, it will not pay for overseas lodging (an expense that KCL units should cover, per the UNC-KCL agreement). Reciprocally, the Fund can support lodging expenses (but not travel costs) for visitors from KCL.

Participating units (those paying yearly dues to the Fund) currently include: Classics; English and Comparative Literature; Global Studies; Geography; History; Music, Peace, War and Defense; and Religious Studies. Other departments are welcome to join.

For more information about the UNC/King’s College partnership, please contact IAH Director of Operations Tommie Watson at

Amount: Support for each funded proposal will typically range between $2,000 and $8,000.

Deadline: November 8, 2017.

Announcement: December 2017.


The IAH Collaboration Grant is a new pilot program that will provide a grant to a participant of the New Faculty Program who collaborates with a more senior faculty member. Proposals for research projects that lead to a publication, creative activity, or a grant proposal will be prioritized.  The pilot program has a total of $3,000 and we may provide one or more grants depending on the quality and quantity of proposals.

The new faculty member should be the lead on the project.  The funds can be used to pay for a graduate research assistant, travel to conduct research, supplies and materials to conduct research, or other research related activities.  The funds cannot be used to support faculty salaries.  Funds must be spent by December 31, 2018.  Priority will be given to collaborations outside the home department and that lead to new faculty advancing their careers in their respective fields.

For more information, please contact IAH New Faculty Program Director Mai Nguyen.

Amount: Varies.

Deadline: January 16, 2018.

Announcement: TBD.


The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and the Institute for the Arts and Humanities co-sponsor and announce a call for proposals for the Fostering Interdisciplinary Research Explorations (FIRE) grant program. The goal is to encourage radically interdisciplinary innovation that transcends the boundaries of conventional partnerships, integrating the strengths of varying perspectives and methodologies, and fostering a collaborative and creative research at UNC.

Eligibility: This program provides seed funding for broad, collaborative, research activities that are interdisciplinary and involve at least two faculty members from different departments, disciplines, or schools across UNC. The priority for interdisciplinary awards is for teams of faculty from dramatically different areas who come together to create new research or scholarship.

Amount: Two to three grants, each for $25,000. The funds will be available for 18 months.

Deadlines: Determined by the Vice Chancellor of Research, typically mid-spring semester.

Announcement: End of the Spring semester.

Application is Closed

The Institute for the Arts and Humanities invites faculty artists to submit proposals for projects that incorporate themes of social justice. Works must respond to notions or instances of injustice that lead to the oppression or marginalization of individuals or groups. (A short list of examples would include homophobia, human trafficking, income inequality, police brutality, racism, religious extremism and intolerance, and sexism.) With the understanding that social justice is a process rather than an outcome, the goal of such works should be to raise awareness, encourage dialogue, build community or solidarity, or in some way spur constructive thought or action around injustice in the world. To that end, these projects should be displayed/performed on campus to allow the UNC-Chapel Hill community to interact with the art. All projects must be completed by February 28, 2018 for display or performance later in the semester.

Eligibility: Full-time faculty (both tenure ladder and fixed term) from any discipline are eligible to apply, and we welcome collaborations among faculty and students. Funds cannot be used for course buyouts or salary but can be used for the purchase of materials, supplies, facility rental, studio space, and student assistants.

Amount: Two grants will be funded in the amounts of $5,000–8,000. The funds will be awarded in July of 2017 and need to be expended by June 2018.

Deadline: Spring 2018.

Announcement: Grants announced in June of 2018.

Application is Closed

NEH Summer Stipends support individuals working full-time on a humanities project at any stage of development by providing funding for two consecutive months of full-time research and writing. Faculty members teaching full-time at colleges and universities must be nominated by their institutions to apply for a summer stipend. At UNC-Chapel Hill, the Institute for the Arts and Humanities Director will appoint faculty to serve as the nominations committee.

To be eligible for a 2018 summer stipend, faculty must submit applications to the Institute for the Arts and Humanities by Tuesday, September 5, 2016.

Full information about the stipend and the application materials are available on the NEH website:

Application is Closed

Internal Application Process

The application information is available at the NEH website.

This program requires all applicants to be nominated by an official on their campus. If you would like to apply, please send, no later than Tuesday, September 5, the project narrative as described in the application guidelines. Narratives should be sent to IAH Associate Director, Prof. Jennifer Ho, at (subject: 2018 NEH summer stipends). We will respond to potential applicants by September 12. The successful nominee will then have a deadline of September 29 for the submission of the application. All applications must be submitted electronically to no later than September 5. Incomplete applications will be ineligible.

The Institute’s nomination committee will review all applications for UNC-Chapel Hill faculty and select two faculty nominees who will then apply directly to the NEH. The Institute will notify the two nominees in time for them to submit their applications online at directly to the NEH prior to the September 29 deadline.

If you have questions about the internal application process, please contact IAH Associate Director, Prof. Jennifer Ho ( For questions about the Summer Stipend program, contact the NEH at or visit the NEH website.


Schwab Academic Excellence Award

The Schwab Academic Excellence Award (AEA) is an endowed fund at the IAH. The fund is used to support 21 department chairs in the arts, humanities and qualitative social sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences, to designate a faculty member in their department to receive this $3,000 award to support the person’s scholarship and creative activity. The award is intended to support outstanding faculty work and as an early intervention retention tool for department chairs in these departments to use at their discretion.

Announcement: Awards are given out in the spring semester each year.


George H. Johnson Prize

The George H. Johnson Prize for Distinguished Achievement by an IAH Fellow is a biennial award, which provides the recipient $7,500 of research funds and a banquet in his/her honor. The prize started in 2008 and is names after one of the Institutes great ambassadors, and the IAH created this award to honor George at the same time recognizing the exemplary contributions by faculty in the arts, humanities and qualitative social sciences.

Announcement: The next prize will be awarded in 2018–19.


For more information, contact:

Philip Hollingsworth
Coordinator for Faculty Programs